New Delhi: Close on the heels of the President of India giving call to do away with mercy petition in cases involving sexual assault on minors, the union home ministry has sent a recommendation rejecting the mercy petition filed by one of the convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape and murder case to President Ram Nath Kovind.
It may be recalled that Nirbhaya’s parents who are fighting for justice for their daughter had made an appeal for justice after the encounter of four accused in Telangana rape and muder case. Nirbhaya’s parents have lauded the Telangana encounter and hoped that Nirbhaya’s perpetrators too would be hanged to death soon.
A 23-year-old paramedical student was raped, tortured and murdered by six men (one juvenile and other died during the trial) in New Delhi in 2012. Four are facing death punishment. The mercy plea was filed by Vinay Sharma, one of the convicts facing the gallows for the rape and murder.
The file rejecting the mercy plea was sent by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to the Home Ministry and has been forwarded to the President for consideration and final decision. The Home Ministry has also commented in the file recommending the rejection of the mercy petition, an official said.